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Education Officers reassure communities during pandemic

Four of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s Education Officers have been thanked for going above and beyond to reassure communities during the pandemic.

Education Officers Andrea Adams, Laura Moxley, Neil Soanes and Roy Evans would usually be in schools delivering fire safety and crime prevention lessons to children but during the pandemic, many schools closed. The team took their lessons online in the Service's Education Hub to deliver educational presentations to school children across Essex.

While wanting to help as much as possible during the pandemic, the team offered their time to reassure communities across the county. They’ve been leaflet dropping and engaging with members of the public across Essex to reassure them following fires in their area.

Working alongside the Service’s Community Safety Officers, the team engaged with Essex residents to give home fire safety advice and ensured those most vulnerable to fire had working smoke alarms.

Lisa Mitson, Community Safety Officer said: "Since we started to switch back on community engagement, four of the Education Officers have regularly offered to support myself and Community Safety Officers Steve Green and Les Davis in the North Operational and Community Risk Team with leaflet dropping and engagement with members of the public.

“Andrea, Laura, Neil and Roy have joined us to pound the pavements and dirt tracks in all weathers in various locations across the county to post over a thousand leaflets through doors in areas that have either had house fires or where we know we have some very vulnerable residents.

“They have joined us in giving home safety advice to those members of the public that we have met as well as delivering smoke alarms to those that need them.  They have increased our productivity no end and this has been a great example of our One Team motto.

“We want to say a huge thank you for all their support and to wish them a very enjoyable summer break before returning to their schools in September.”

Visit Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s Education Hub to access safety lessons for children, many of the subjects covered are relevant during the summer holidays from summer safety to home fire safety lessons: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/education


Page last updated 23 July 2020

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